PLR news 2017

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23 January 2018

UK PLR statements released

UK PLR statements were released on 17 January 2018 and here’s a few of the responses from authors on Twitter:

Stephen Booth @stephenbooth Jan 18
Many thanks yet again to all the UK library users who read my books during 2016-2017 (a whopping total of 158,461 loans), and of course to @PLR_UK for doing such a great job supporting authors. :)

Francesca Simon‏ @simon_francesca Jan 18
Many thanks to @PLR_UK and all library users and readers who help writers earn a living by borrowing our books. 

Jan Jones @janjonesauthor Jan 18
So grateful to the @PLR_UK team. Grateful also to all those authors  who fought and fought for 30 years to get us this right…

Guy Bass‏ @GuyBassBooks · Jan 19  
The @PLR_UK statement is lovely in many ways but it's especially heartwarming that books that have faded into obscurity at retail are still being read and (hopefully!) enjoyed. For FREE. All hail #libraries !

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Payments will be made between 12 and 21 February 2018. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 7 February 2018 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.



11 December 2017

Update on PLR service review

From: Andy Appleyard, Head of Operations North at the British Library

In June this year we conducted a consultation with PLR registered authors and stakeholder bodies in order to ascertain viewpoints on planned changes to the PLR service and how it will be delivered. (A summary of responses is available here.) The rationale behind the change is as follows:

  1. To ensure PLR’s future sustainability, by implementing a new IT application which, as well as adding new functionality, will be more resilient and easier to maintain and develop going forward.  
  2. To modernise the service proposition in accord with user suggestions and taking advantage of new technology.
  3. Reduce risk and realise efficiency savings by relocating the PLR operation at our Yorkshire (Boston Spa) site alongside the corporate functions that support PLR.
The responses received provided reassurance that authors and stakeholders agreed with this approach and also suggested other ideas around improvement, some of which are underway (inclusion of ebooks, new web pages, closer working with ALCS etc) and others which will feed into the planning process.

Feedback also highlighted concern for the long serving team at Stockton-on-Tees; their well-being is a key priority for the Library and accordingly they have been consulted closely such that their needs can be accommodated. The team are essential to ensure continuity of service and transfer of knowledge to new team members.

The plan is to transfer operations from Stockton-on-Tees to Boston Spa gradually over two years, completing by March 2020. The first phase of the migration strategy is to recruit a shadow PLR team, by January 2018 who will work in parallel with their Stockton colleagues until the operation fully migrates to Boston Spa. 

 It is our intention to maintain the current high levels of service, but in the unlikely event services are affected whilst the new team are being trained, please do bear with us and we will work hard to recover in accordance with your expectations. We will continue to provide updates so please keep a close eye on our News Stories section on the PLR web pages.

For additional background, please see our Q&A paper.


6 December 2017

UK PLR office Christmas opening hours

The office will close at 4.30pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Online transactions (including login applications) which are submitted after 22 December will not be dealt with until the office re-opens.



5 December 2017

UK PLR annual statements and payments

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements 

Online statements will be available to view mid-January 2018. An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements will be posted second class mid-January 2018 to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments

Payments will be made between 12 and 21 February 2018. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 7 February 2018 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.



20 November 2017

Proposed improvements to PLR - summary of responses

In June the Head of Operations North at the British Library asked for your views on the following proposed improvements to PLR:

1. To incorporate remote ebook loans from public libraries into the PLR scheme 
2. To extend the number of libraries included in the PLR sample 
3. To explore options for automating registration of authors’ books 
4. To upgrade the infrastructure of PLR to make it easier to use and more efficient

Note: in order to deliver the above, the British Library intends to replace the PLR IT system and to relocate the PLR office from Stockton-on-Tees to its main Yorkshire site at Boston Spa.

In total c25k emails were sent out and we received 180 responses (0.7%) from a range of stakeholders.

What did you say?

• 82% of you support the suggested improvements 
• 4% oppose the plans on the grounds of the relocation of the current PLR office and the effect of that on staff welfare

Anything else?

You also suggested the following additional improvements:

• Updating and simplifying the PLR web pages
• Investigating the inclusion of self-published books
• Exploring  the inclusion of community run libraries into the PLR scheme
• Setting up closer links with ALCS 

Next steps?

Some of the proposed improvements are underway and some have been noted for future development:

• Remote loans of ebooks was approved within the Digital Economy Act changes and accordingly, changes to the PLR Statutory Instrument are now in a period of consultation. Ebook titles can continue to be registered. The aim is to include the figures for remote ebook loans within the PLR data from 1 July 2018. As PLR payments are made in arrears the first payments will be made in January 2020. 

• PLR now has a new website. It includes additional features including a video and case studies of different PLR users.  

• Assuming the consultation is successful, author verification for the registration of titles is to be simplified in line with government guidelines.  

• Extending the library sample to include a larger number of libraries is under consideration.



6 November 2017

Irish PLR annual statements and payments

This year’s Rate Per Loan for the Irish PLR Scheme is 4.16 cent.

Irish PLR statements will be available to view via your online account during the week commencing 13 November 2017 (if you are synchronised with both UK and Irish PLR schemes). Online statements are provided regardless of whether there is a payment due.
 
Everyone else will continue to receive a paper statement (posted 2nd class during the week commencing 13 November 2017). Please note that paper statements are only sent to those who are due to receive a payment (ie your registered titles earn €2 or more).

If your payment is being made directly from the UK PLR office and not via a collecting society such as ICLA or ALCS, payment will be made between 4-13 December 2017.  Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 27 November 2017 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.  You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.  Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.



30 October 2017

UK PLR proposed Rate Per Loan

Following consultation with the PLR Advisory Committee and British Library Board, the Rate Per Loan for the basis of the 2018 UK PLR payments has now been recommended to DCMS. The proposed Rate has gone up from 7.82p last year to 8.20p. DCMS is currently running a four week consultation on the proposal. (The consultation closes 11:45pm on 24 November 2017.)



3 October 2017

Everything you need to know about registering for your PLR

The rules around eligibility, authentication and registration for UK PLR are set out in secondary legislation: the PLR Scheme.  At first glance it may seem complicated, however our Author Services Team process around 2,000 new applications each year and are on hand to guide you through the application process.  

There have been some major developments in UK PLR since the Scheme came into force in 1982, including extending PLR to EEA residents and the inclusion of audio-books and ebooks, but the legal framework around registration has remained in place.  This creates challenges around modernisation of services and processes which we are currently reviewing, but in the meantime we have simplified the registration process as far as we can.  

We also administer the Irish PLR scheme and applicants can choose to synchronise their details for both schemes rather than duplicating the registration process. Also, once you have applied for the first time, subsequent registrations are straightforward and if you apply for a UK online account, it’s even easier. Contact our knowledgeable and helpful Author Services Team on 01642 604699 if you need more information, or use our feedback form to email us your query and we will respond as soon as possible.

The PLR Scheme is free to join and you could earn up to £6,600 a year from UK PLR and up to €1,000 from Irish PLR.

Follow our 3 easy steps to registration and you may become one of the thousands of contributors who earn an annual payment from PLR.  It’s your right so claim it!



26 September 2017

Advisory Committee for PLR - new member

We are pleased to announce that Alison Wheeler has been appointed to the British Library Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right.  Alison is the Chief Executive Officer at Suffolk Libraries and member of the CILIP Board.

The Advisory Committee was established to provide expert advice to the British Library on the operation of the UK PLR Scheme and to represent the views of PLR stakeholders. The Committee is made up of a Chair and six members: two members representing registered authors, two representing the public library community and two from the wider PLR constituency.



14 July 2017

Who are that nation's favourite illustrators?

For the first time ever PLR announces the most borrowed illustrators from UK public libraries. Tony Ross was “surprised, proud and delighted” to hit the number one spot and new Children’s Laureate Lauren Child commented on how wonderful it was that the success of illustrators was being recognised.

A link to the full release can be found here.


3 July 2017

Applications for registration

We currently have large volumes of online and paper applications to process.

If your online application is ‘awaiting approval’ there is no need to take any further action. You will receive an email to confirm when your application has been processed.

If you have sent a paper application, you should have received an email to confirm when your application was received.

We aim to confirm registration within 8 weeks of receipt.

Thank you for your patience at this busy time.


27 June 2017

Community/volunteer libraries and PLR

We are aware that the recent changes to how libraries are run including the setting up of community and volunteer libraries may have the potential to restrict the sample from which PLR can select. However, it should be noted that if a community-supported library forms part of a library authority’s statutory provision, it would still fall within the PLR scheme. Under the PLR legislation local community libraries set up by independent groups and managed outside the local authority public library service cannot be included in the PLR library ‘sample’. (Only public libraries operating as part of the statutory library service provided by local authorities under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act qualify for PLR.)

As community libraries remain a minority this should not be a cause for concern at present. The ‘grossing up’ calculation of actual loans to give a national figure (taken from the library borrowing figures reported by CIPFA) should address any anomalies with the number of loans we would expect from each library authority.

However, the PLR team will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the sample is not adversely affected. This is done during our selection process with potential library authorities.

Further details of the libraries participating in the PLR sample are available here.


14 June 2017

Message from Head of Operations North at the British Library

Let us know what you think about proposed improvements to PLR

The British Library is planning a range of improvements to Public Lending Right (PLR) as we modernise the service and put it on a footing that will ensure its continued growth and development. 

Our proposals are based on ideas and suggestions drawn from market research we conducted with PLR-registered authors last summer.  Building on the established and highly valued service PLR currently provides, over the next three years we plan to:

  • Incorporate remote e-book public library loans into the scheme. The recent change in legislation (to the Digital Economy Act) now brings the remote loan of e-books into scope for PLR alongside print and audio books. 
  • Capture loans data for all types of books directly from public libraries.  Increasing the existing sampling method and providing a richer, more detailed picture of the loans made in public libraries around the UK.
  • Explore options for automating enrolment of authors’ books. Easing the administrative burden on registered authors by adding new titles to their PLR records as they are published using data from the British National Bibliography and our catalogue records. 
  • Upgrade the PLR infrastructure to make it more efficient and easy to use. Building on the excellent service the PLR team provides, we want to upgrade IT and deliver efficiencies that can increase the proportion of PLR’s budget that goes into the author fund.
To deliver these improvements we plan to move PLR from its current office at Stockton on Tees to the Library’s main site in the north of England, at Boston Spa, near Wetherby. 

While remaining a separate entity within the Library, with its own ring-fenced budget, PLR will share the benefits of the British Library’s Cataloguing, IT and Estates teams which will create the infrastructure to underpin the new and improved service

If you have views on our plans for the service, please email the British Library PLR Review team at PLR-feedback@bl.uk by Friday 28 July 2017.

For additional background to the proposed improvements, please see our Q&A paper.

With thanks in advance for your feedback.

Andy Appleyard
Head of Operations North

22 May 2017

Registration reminder for UK and Irish PLR schemes

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on Friday 30 June 2017 to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than Friday 30 June 2017.

You can apply to register your published titles online or via an application form. Alternatively you can request a form to be posted to you.


2 May 2017

Remote ebook lending and UK PLR

On 27 April 2017 the Digital Economy Bill which included provision to extend the UK Public Lending Right legislation to include remote loans of ebooks from public libraries received royal assent.

We expect the new arrangements to take effect officially from 1 July 2018 when remote ebook loans data will start to be collected and any payments arising from the newly eligible loans will be made in February 2020.

Remote ebook loans will receive the same PLR rate per loan as print titles and audio titles and the terms for receiving PLR will also remain the same.  

We will keep authors informed of any updates regarding this. In the meantime, authors can register ebooks for UK PLR but loans will not generate any PLR earnings yet.

Further information can be found under our FAQs on Registration of non-print material.


2 March 2017

Applications for registration

We currently have large volumes of online and paper applications to process.

If your online application is ‘awaiting approval’ there is no need to take any further action. You will receive an email to confirm when your application has been processed.

If you have sent a paper application, you should have received an email to confirm when your application was received.

We aim to confirm registration within 8 weeks of receipt.

Thank you for your patience at this busy time.


28 February 2017 

Public Lending Right: Past, Present and Future

On Monday 20 March, the British Library will be hosting a discussion on Public Lending Right: Past, Present and Future. The event will be chaired by historian Tom Holland, currently Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee and Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry titles and Barbara Hayes, Deputy Chief Executive of ALCS will be on the panel. The discussion is part of Between the Sheets, the BL season of events to celebrate libraries. The event will be held at 1.00pm – 2.00pm at the British Library, St Pancras, London.

Further details and information on how to book available here


23 February 2017 

Remote ebook lending and UK PLR

Following an amendment to the second reading of the Digital Economy Bill in the House of Lords on February 22, the Bill now includes provision for the inclusion of remote elending with the application of PLR.

Commenting on the legislative change, Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library said:

With the rapid rise in popularity of ebooks and e-audiobooks in recent years, it’s fantastic news that authors' UK PLR payments will now reflect remote ebook loans of their books from public libraries as well as the borrowing of hard copies. Over 22,000 writers, illustrators, photographers, translators, narrators and editors who have contributed to books lent out by public libraries in the UK receive PLR payments each year, so we look forward to working with even more new authors who are now eligible.”

The legislation will not come into effect until late spring 2017 at which point PLR will begin to work with DCMS on its implementation. 

We will keep authors informed of any updates regarding this. In the meantime, authors can register ebooks for UK PLR but loans will not generate any PLR earnings yet.


3 February 2017 

Released today most borrowed authors and books in UK libraries 

The Girl on the Train steams into number one spot  - Paula Hawkins’ bestselling title revealed as most borrowed title from UK public libraries... (click here to read more)

Latest library borrowing data released - Five interesting facts and figures... (click here to read more)

Tracking the borrowing habits of the nation - Ask LEWIS... (click here to read more)

Further information on the nation’s book borrowing tastes can be found in the Media Centre area of our website.


16 January 2017 

UK PLR Annual Statements and Payments

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements 

Online statements will be available to view towards the end of January 2017. An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements will be posted second class around the same time to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments

Payments will be made between 13 and 22 February 2017. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 8 February 2017 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided. 

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.


News archives

The following PLR news archive links are for the UK Web Archives:



About us

PLR is the right for authors to receive payment for the loans of their books by public libraries

Registration service (UK & Irish PLR)

How to apply for PLR, information on eligibility and payments

Library information

Information for authors and librarians regarding the PLR library sample

UK PLR media centre

PLR's media releases, most borrowed authors and titles, newsletters and publications

PLR case studies

…“The financial support is invaluable – translators don’t always get a royalty so PLR is really precious. Equally important is the symbolic recognition of our stake in a book. While it is taken for granted that an author has a stake in a book it is not always remembered that a translator does too.”…

Daniel Hahn, translator and writer, registered for PLR on the publication of his first translation. He values highly the existence of the built-in PLR share to which all translators are entitled. Having translated 35 books and written several others since 2007, Daniel outlined his career as a translator and how he works.

…“I expected pennies and I got pounds! Quite a few more than I had expected. How many times in somebodies life do you get something for nothing?”…

Audio-book narrator Jeff Harding, registered for his PLR share in an astonishing 658 audio books when the extension of UK PLR to non-print material was first introduced in July 2014. He currently has over 700 titles registered. Jeff describes the skills of narration and explains what PLR means to him.

…Tracy Chevalier, Alexis Deacon and S F Said tells us why it is important that contributors register for PLR, how easy it is to apply and the value of PLR to them.…

Watch our short video in which authors Tracy Chevalier and S F Said and writer / illustrator Alexis Deacon talk about why eligible contributors should register for payment through the government-funded PLR scheme.